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Shaken

I went to the swimming pool this morning with my eyes already hurting (from the paint fumes, I suppose; it gives Secunda a headache and my other half full-blown hay fever) and found it a noisy place, because someone in a cherry-picker was demolishing a tree with a chainsaw and another person was putting fallen

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wooOOOooo

I got wolf-whistled at this morning. By two old men in mobility scooters. Well, at least they picked on someone near their own age. Usually I’m blessedly free of being wolf-whistled at, probably because I’m old, fat and ugly 55, and I’ve had three children and that’s visible. They were making lewd comments about my

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A revelation

People exist who are toxic to me and not to most other people. Just like foodstuffs exist that I’m allergic to and most other people are not. (Nutmeg! Almost any amount of nutmeg, even too little to taste so I know it’s not just a strong dislike of the flavour, makes me queasy. Too much

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Tourist season! Where’s my fowling piece?

Having bought cheese, I come out of the cheese shop. A couple, clearly tourists, approach me as I unlock my bike. Tourist #1: Do you know the way around here? Me: Well, yes. Tourist #1: We’re looking for the street with all the old houses. Me: The whole town is full of streets with old

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Scary cold call

Phone: Ring, ring! In fact it didn’t ring so much as play a Grine Kuzine song, because it was my mobile phone. It said “unknown caller”. I’ve had several calls from Unknown Caller in the past few weeks, all hanging up the moment I pushed “answer”, making me start to think someone was stalking me.

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Search and replace spam

After the War and Peace ebook disaster, which I still think may be an elaborate hoax, I had a local search-and-replace deluge of my own. I had a few dozen in all before the self-learning filters got the message. The subjects varied, but they all came down to “we couldn’t process your bank payment” in

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Gah. Manufacturers.

It’s not often that I want to blog about a product. Especially not a brand-name product– I don’t use many of those, because the only quality that tends to set them apart from house brands is the price. But I used to buy Ajax gel bathroom cleaner. I’m only barely good enough at cleaning, so

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Calendar confusion

It’s Saturday, January 7. I’m just outside our front door, which is also just outside the church door, trying to mend a puncture in the rear tire of Secunda’s bike (unsuccessfully, as it turned out; before Secunda started to use the bike it hadn’t had any serious use for a decade or more, and the

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Not that early, surely?

Among the St Nicholas stuff (which is also too early in my book, now that commerce has taken to promoting Halloween as a shopping occasion they can wait until the first of November with St Nicholas, right?)  there was a bag containing, clearly, chocolate Easter eggs. Not labeled, except “Mixed plain/milk/white”, but they’re not labeled

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Why I’m not on Google+

1. Because it wants you to use your real name. My real name happens not to be my official name: both the first and the last name are different. Some people I know in a similar situation have been thrown out, not only out of Google+ but out of everything Google-related. I have only a

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